Nutrition

I’ve been down this road before with a brain tumor.  At that time, I turned to a Macrobiotic healing diet.  I’m 10 years out from this and still going strong (confirmed by bi-annual MRIs).  So, my inclination is to look towards foods to help heal and keep more cancer at bay.

A book, “Anti-Cancer, a New Way of Life” is providing some help here.  So here are my notes for my ‘new way of life’.

  • Cancer feeds on sugar and white flour…foods with ah high glycemic index such as:
  •  White and brown sugar, honey, syrups, maple, fructose, dextrose
  • White bleached flours, white bread, white rice, overcooked pasta, muffins, bagels, croissants, puffed rice cakes
  •  Potatoes, especially mashed potatoes, cornflakes, rice krispies and most bleached or sweetened breakfast cereals
  •  Jams & jellies, fruit cooked in sugar, fruit in syrup
  •  Sweetened drinks, industrial fruit juices, sodas
  •  No Alcohol except during meal
  • Eat: vegetables, legumes instead for low glylcemic index and cancer growth inhibitors.
  •  Replace sugar with agave, and multigrain or sourdough for pastas and bread
  • Use olive and canola oils
  •  The risk of cancer was twice as high for people who ate large quantities of meat as for those who consumed fewer than 20gms (an ounce) a day.  With regular consumption of fish, rich in omega-3, the risk went down by 50%
  •  Foods that fight cancer:  cabbage, broccoli, garlic soy, green tea (ideally, 3cups a day), tumeric (with black pepper), raspberries, blueberries and dark chocolate (=>70%), hazelnuts & walnuts, cherries, plums, cranberries, cinnamon, peaches, nectarines.

Note:  Mixing dairy products with chocolate canels the beneficial effects of the molecules of cocoa!  Avoid milk chocolate.

Sidebars:

Decaf Green tea still contains all its polyphenols (a good thing).  Japanese green tea (sencha, gyokuro, matcha, etc) is even richer in EGGG than common varieties of Chinese green tea.  Green tea must be steeped for at least 5-8 minutes to release its catechins.

Ginger root acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory.  So does pineapple; Nori as well.  Oranges, tangerines, lemons and grapefruit contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids.

Carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkins, Kokkaido squash, tomatoes, persimmons, apricots, beets…all the orange, red, yellow, green fruits & veggies contain Vitamin A and Lycopene proven to have the capability to inhibit the growth of cells (cancer).

Soy foods:  the genistein in soy can interfere with Taxol.  It is advisable not to consume soy-based foods during chemotherapy with Taxol.

Mushrooms: shitake, maitake, enokidade, cremini, Portobello, oyster and thistle oyster muchrooms all contain polysaccharides and lentinian which stimulate the reproduction and activity of immune cells.  Often used in Japan as a complement to chemo to support the immune system (Maitake probably has the most pronounced effect).

Cooking herbs: rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil and mint are rich in essential oils of the terpene family.  They promote apoptosis in cancer cells and reduce their spread by blocking the enzymes needed to invade.

Seaweeds:  Fucoidan found in kombu and wakame help provoke cell death by apoptosis and stimulate immune cells, including the NK cells.

Omega-3s:  whole anchovies, small mackerel, and sardines.  Salmon, flaxseeds.

Probiotics:  Organic yogurts and kefir are good sources  Also sauerkraut and kimchi.

Prebiotics:  garlic, onions, tomatoes, asparagus, bananas, and wheat.

Now here’s something interesting…. Those NK (natural killer) cells and the T and Blympocytes are particularly sensitive to feelings of helplessness and despair… they will be less effective protecting the immune system…. So…. Whatever you need to do to keep positive and strong, it goes a long way.

Note- I am NOT advocating you fight your breast cancer without conventional western medical treatment.  Get the best you can!  For more on that topic, visit Kathy-Ellen’s blog – she has important messages to convey.

There is a lot of info out there.  While I wouldn’t adhere to an all natural approach to fight an existing cancer, eating right may help prevent more… here’s a website that offers some info… you’ll notice they used the same template as me…. great minds….  lol.

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